Model Sam Harris dives into new role as Biologi's ambassador

Biologi, the brand renowned for 100% active Clean Cosmeceuticals, has announced that Australian model Samantha Harris has signed on to become the brand’s global ambassador. To celebrate the multi-faceted, inspiring and strong woman that Samantha Harris is, her first skincare campaign launches, in line with Biologi’s new product launch – Bc Refresh Cleanser.

Biologi have had the Aussie model in their sights since the brand’s conception back in 2017, with the founders believing Samantha epitomises everything the brand represents. With her radiant complexion and empowering personality, Biologi knew Samantha would be the perfect fit.

“We’ve been patiently waiting for the opportunity to work with Samantha for a really long time now, having always loved the way her inner beauty reflects her outer beauty. She is a woman who truly understands our brand and the difference we want to make, all whilst exemplifying what modern beauty means in her own unique way. Samantha is a role model in every sense of the word because she inspires confidence in women through encouraging them to be comfortable in their own skin. She has a strong, global presence that relates to every woman, yet has a down to earth personality that is representative of the quintessential Aussie girl. We are so proud to call Samantha our new ambassador, explains Biologi’s Managing Director Lucy Macdougald.

Samantha, who was introduced to Biologi organically through social media, has been using the brand’s products for months and notes, “Biologi is a brand that I personally use on my own skin, so working with them was a natural choice in that regard, however as a brand they are so much more than just skincare. They are one of the only brands in the world that offer plant to bottle skincare, with a focus on using single Australian natives that are sourced locally, ethically and sustainably. As a brand they’re passionate about educating their consumers on everything from production processes through to how ingredients are made, but most importantly, they focus on empowering their customers to feel good in their own skin.”

Most renowned for her modelling, Samantha catapulted onto the scene when she was just 11 years old, having won the “Girlfriend Covergirl” competition. Before long, her image graced the pages of Australia’s top publications, including the cover of Australian Vogue at the age of 18. Samantha has featured prominently during Australian Fashion Week and as the face of some of Australia’s most notable brands, and most recently made headlines thanks to her philanthropic work with World Vision. Samantha is currently partnered with the charity as their first female First Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

Since first using the products, Samantha has joined the thousands of women world-wide who have experienced the phenomenal effects Biologi has on the skin. As a brand they are going from strength to strength, most recently launching the world’s first 100% natural cleanser, Bc Refresh Cleanser.

Source: Biologi


Australia's largest integrated resort, Ayers Rock Resort, Re-opens August 1, 2020

Further to the announcement from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner that he will open the Northern Territory borders on July 17, and the re-introduction of Jetstar flights direct from Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest integrated resort, Ayers Rock Resort (ARR) will re-open on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

 A new look resort will greet guests when they arrive.  During the recent closure, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has taken the opportunity to bring forward the completion of an extensive $50M refurbishment of Ayers Rock Resort and improvements to the airport infrastructure.  This encompasses extensive upgrades at the five-star Sails in the Desert including all guest rooms and suites, the lobby, pool and restaurant; completion of upgrades to The Lost Camel, and the replacement of toilet blocks and bathrooms in the popular Campground.  Upgrades to the airport infrastructure include new screening areas making it easier for guests to clear security and start their holidays.

“We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the spiritual heart of our country and showcasing the work we have done at the resort in their absence” said Voyages CEO Grant Hunt. “This is the perfect time for Australians to get out and explore our amazing landscapes including the vast central desert, iconic Uluru and Kata-Tjuta as well as experiencing the important Indigenous cultural stories shared by the Traditional Owners of our land.”

During their stay, visitors can enjoy the 50,000 stems of Bruce Munro’s spectacular Field of Light installation, dine under the stars at Sounds of Silence or indulge in a four-course table d’hôte menu at the award-winning Tali Wiru. An extensive range of activities including helicopter rides, segway tours, camel rides and dot painting in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park also will be available.

Around the resort, guests can take part in free activities including bush tucker demonstrations, guided garden walks, didgeridoo workshops and traditional bush yarns.

Popular dining spots including Ilkari Restaurant, Walpa Bar, Geckos Café and Indigenous trainee-run Kulata Academy Café will be open with dine-in and takeaway alternatives.www.ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences

To celebrate the resort’s re-opening, Voyages will extend special offers for stays of 2, 3 and 4 or more nights with discounts of up to 50%.

Sails in the Desert Hotel, The Lost Camel Hotel, Emu Walk Apartments and the Ayers Rock Resort Campground will allow tourists to experience the Red Centre on a range of budgets. The vast landscape of Central Australia already lends itself to social distancing but for the additional safety of guests and staff, Ayers Rock Resort will be implementing strict hygiene measures such as:

  • Regular deep cleaning of rooms and public spaces using hospital grade cleaning materials;
  • Additional screening of guests arriving into the airport;
  • Isolation/quarantine areas on site which can be activated as needed;
  • Reduced tour group sizes and agreed health safety programs with all on-site transport and touring companies;
  • Comprehensive safety and hygiene training for all staff including mandatory infection control training for COVID-19;
  • Enhanced food preparation standards with mandatory PPE requirements for employees; 24/7 in-room dining available at some hotels.

Information on additional safety measures is available on the Ayers Rock Resort website. www.ayersrockresort.com.au/coronavirus-faqs

Source: Ayers Rock Resort


Aussie Celebs Lead #RoadTripPledge in Support of Regional Australia

The #RoadTripPledge is an Australian regeneration promise, created by online holiday rental website Stayz. It draws our attention back to the needs of regional Australia, both directly and indirectly impacted by the summer bushfires, and more recently the COVID-19 imposed travel bans. This pledge is for families, to help them process and understand recent major Australian bushfires and health issues, and offers a way to take positive action together to revive the economy.

A number of household Aussie names have joined the campaign, with Edwina Bartholomew, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Cameron Daddo and Alison Brahe, Jamie Durie, Adam Liaw, Benji and Zoe Marshall, Cartiona Rowntree, Tom Williams and Dr. Katrina Warren, some of the first to make the pledge. Each has made their own promise to travel locally with their families across 2020 by road as a genuine way to give back to recovering regions and tourism.

The campaign was created by Stayz as a response to the devastating bushfires over the Australian Summer when thousands of properties, businesses and people were affected by bushfire and drought. Just as recovery was underway, COVID-19 left regional towns further isolated. With travel now taking off again in many places across the country, the #RoadTripPledge message is simple: Focus on reconnecting Australian families with these impacted areas, encouraging Australians to make a simple promise to take on new adventures and hit the road to rebuild tourism.

As a reminder of the incredible power of regeneration.
I stand with regional Australian towns.
I vow to explore impacted places by road.
To spend generously in towns of all sizes.
To always ask locals “are you okay”.
To value moments of connection with the people I love.
And find a renewed sense of adventure together.
Even when the headlines have stopped, and the social media has ceased.
We will not forget the reason why we made our #RoadTripPledge.

As part of the campaign kick-off, Stayz has also launched a promotion whereby people who take the #RoadTripPledge – and are one of the first 1000 bookings (for over $1000) made at Stayz.com.au – will be eligible to claim and receive a $100 VISA gift card* which can be used in the regional holiday destination, injecting much needed money back into small businesses that need it most.

“We are extremely proud, even during hard global times, to launch the #RoadTripPledge this month in support of regional tourism and ensuring this is remembered across 2020,” says Simone Scoppa, Travel Expert for Stayz.

“We have seen since travel restrictions have eased in Australia, that the demand to stay in a holiday home has increased significantly, where people are wanting to stay in a spacious whole home with their family and friends but away from other people. Stayz has always been committed to driving tourism in regional Australia but this year more than ever it is so much more important.”

New mum, Edwina Bartholomew, remarked it was “an unusual summer of highs and lows,” as she welcomed her first child. “It was hard to watch it all happen at a distance. It was both a beautiful time in our lives and a sad time for Australia with bushfires then COVID-19. I have been lucky to visit so many beautiful parts of Australia through my work and now is the time to return to those places as a family. We took the pledge, knowing that in doing so, we are helping to get businesses get back off the ground and small towns humming again.”

Family expert and child psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg agrees. “2020 hasn’t turned out to be the new decade and chapter we were all expecting. From the impact of the bushfires that led to a lost summer syndrome for so many families, to the recent health crisis that has impacted the way we socialise, greet people and holiday, it has been trying and life changing times. While we must still be careful and diligent, we need to also remember that connecting, exploring and spending time together as a family unit is now more important than ever, and doing this locally by road a safe option.”

“Travel will also have a positive impact on our kids’ minds and education. From the outset parents can give them a new sense of responsibility that they might not have on a daily basis by getting them involved in the planning of the trip and then letting them be in charge of packing for themselves. Visiting regional towns presents the opportunity for children to learn about their history, indigenous culture, nature and wildlife, inspiring curiosity beyond what they may learn in the classroom.”

Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg has created a tool kit on how to reconnect through a road trip and speak to your children about the recent challenging topics of the year. This tool kit can be found online here: www.roadtrippledge.com.au

In these challenging times, the #RoadTripPledge shines a light on something we can be hopeful about together. To join families and businesses taking the pledge around the country, go to www.roadtrippledge.com.au.

Source: Road Trip Pledge


Lions are back at Taronga Zoo Sydney as ‘Savannah’ opens

Taronga Zoo has officially opened the new state-of-the-art African Savannah precinct, connecting guests with a beautiful waterhole where Giraffe and Zebra will drink together, Fennec Foxes and Meerkats enjoy world-class facilities and the kings of the big cats, the Lions, return to Taronga for the first time in five years.

The African Savannah precinct, which is radically different to any other Australian zoo experience, takes guests on a journey to Africa while also educating them on the conservation challenges facing these iconic species and some of the solutions that are supporting communities and wildlife in Northern Kenya.

Awaiting guests in the heart of African Savannah are Lwazi and Ato, two male Lions whose arrival marks the first time since 2015 that these big cats have been on display at Taronga Zoo. Importantly, this Lion habitat will also enable crucial breeding programs to support insurance populations for Lions, which are sadly now extinct in 27 African countries.

“It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome guests to Taronga’s African Savannah today,” says Cameron Kerr, CEO of Taronga. “Visitors will no doubt be surprised and delighted by the scale and authenticity of this new precinct, where African species interact as they would in the wild.”

“I am especially excited to see these big, beautiful cats back at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Our new Lion habitat utilises diverse topography to replicate the escarpments and rocky outcrops of the ‘kopje’ or high country, while also providing different areas for the Lions to socialise or withdraw depending on their choice of activity. This ensures positive animal welfare for the animals. The two viewing areas offer the chance to see the Lions in all parts of the exhibit, while the large glass windows and mesh panels allow for some amazing close encounters with the animals,” says Kerr.

Joining the Lions in the African Savannah is Taronga’s tower of Giraffe, which includes Giraffes Jimiyu and Zarafa and adorable new arrivals Kito and Ebo, a mother and calf who recently arrived from Taronga Western Plains Zoo. They can be found living alongside Zebras Kaya and Bwana in a multi-species exhibit known as The Waterhole. Nearby, guests can get up close to Taronga’s pair of Fennec Fox and mob of Meerkats who have moved into brand new exhibits.

Central to the African Savannah is the story of Taronga’s conservation partnerships in Kenya with the Northern Rangeland Trust. The precinct has been authentically designed to connect guests to communities in this country by introducing them to Taronga’s ‘Creators of Hope’ – extraordinary people at the heart of wildlife conservation in Africa.

Inspired by wildlife and these conservation crusaders, guests too can become Creators of Hope, by supporting community-driven solutions like Beads for Wildlife and purchasing beautiful, handcrafted bead products at Taronga’s retail outlets. This initiative is helping to empower women and diversify family income, which transforms lives and reduces reliance on livestock and natural resources in Northern Kenya.

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said he was pleased to see Taronga open what will be another major attraction.“The new state-of-the-art precinct will be a treat for the community which will showcase one of the best views in Australia while promoting vital conservation messages about the future of some iconic African species.”

“The Zoo has always had an ability to lift our community’s spirits and I encourage everyone to plan a visit to the new African Savannah precinct,” Mr Kean said.

Taronga’s top priority is to ensure guests are safe, and this means some changes to the usual guest experience. Following advice provided by the NSW Government, daily visitor numbers are currently limited to lower than normal capacity, and guests, including Zoo Friends, will need to register their visit online before attending the Zoo. Hygiene measures including extra sanitizing stations, signage encouraging social distancing and increased cleaning have also been put in place throughout the Zoo.

For more information about African Savannah, ticket sales and the safety measures in place, visit Taronga.org.au/africansavannah

 

Source: Taronga Zoo


Our mountains have been waiting for us: Scenic World in The Blue Mountains reopens

Scenic World in the Blue Mountains is reopening for the July school holidays and welcoming visitors to once again explore its world heritage listed landscapes and ancient rainforest via its unique cablecars, train and elevated boardwalk.

After months of being indoors, a visit to Scenic World is the perfect excuse for families and friends to put down the devices and reconnect with each other and the great outdoors. Scenic World is an action packed adventure for the whole family. From enjoying the vastness of the Scenic Walkway, which allows you to explore the Jurassic rainforest, to the thrill of riding the world’s steepest railway ride on the Scenic Railway or hopping on the Scenic Cableway, the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere and be amazed by the breathtaking views overlooking Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.

Expect to be greeted with the same friendly faces, fresh Blue Mountains air and a newly adapted experience, that meet all NSW Government COVID Safe requirements. Capacity will be strictly limited at Scenic World, offering small group sessions with a set itinerary which means no queues or crowding – always a bonus with young ones in tow. As tickets are now limited, and to ensure a contactless transaction, all tickets must be booked in advance online.

‘As a third generation family business, there is no doubt 2020 has been the toughest in our 75 year history, following both our closure to stop the spread of Covid-19 and temporary closure caused by the devastating bushfires over summer. Our team can’t wait to welcome back guests to enjoy Scenic World and to support the region’s recovery. Our enhanced cleaning, increased hygiene measures and smaller groups will deliver a Covid Safe environment, allowing all guests peace of mind so they can focus on enjoying the great outdoors!’ said Managing Director Anthea Hammon.

Scenic World will reopen to the public on Friday, 26th June with online ticketing only and timed-ticket entry for all guests on:

9am – 5pm 7 days a week from June 26 – July 19
9am-5pm Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays outside school holidays
9am-5pm 7 days a week during school holidays.

Source: Scenic World